Courses and Independent Studio

Spring 2023 Registration Information 

14–Week Spring session: January 30 - May 5, 2023.

Registration for Spring 2023 courses will be available on a first-come, first-served basis within the following dates, divided by User Type:

  • Harvard Undergraduate and Graduate students can register beginning Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 at 10am through January 29, 2023
  • Adult Community and TAP-eligible Harvard Staff can register beginning Thursday, November 17th, 2022 at 10am through January 6, 2023

Scholarship applications for Spring 2023 courses are due before registration begins.

User Types

  • Adult Community: 18+, General Public; Harvard alumni, fellows, faculty/staff, and post-docs who are not TAP-eligible; Harvard Extension School students; students from universities other than Harvard
  • Harvard Employees eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): TAP regular (employees worked less than 15 years) and TAP long service (employees who worked 15 or more years at Harvard). 
  • Harvard College Undergraduate Students: Currently enrolled students at Harvard College. This does not include Harvard Extension School Undergraduate Students. You must register with your Harvard email – we can arrange for an alternative email to be used for class after registration is complete.
  • Harvard Graduate Students: Currently enrolled students in a Harvard University Graduate Program. This does not include Harvard Extension School Graduate Students.

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Health and Safety Guidelines

All participants in Ceramics Program classes must abide by current Harvard University policies and practices to Keep Harvard Healthy. All participants must provide their date of birth in their registration account and a Harvard ID number if you have one. If you do not have a Harvard ID, you will be issued one prior to the start of classes for building access. Registered participants will be provided instructions for communicating COVID-19 vaccination status by submitting images of vaccination cards to the Ceramics Program and Harvard University Health Services, participating in required COVID testing cadences, and while wearing a mask is now optional, we strongly recommend wearing one when in the Ceramics Program building. These guidelines may change over time, and participants should expect to review and take steps to comply with the most updated guidelines before classes begin and throughout the term. Ceramics Program reserves the right to suspend any and all programs at any time if health and safety conditions change.

Helpful Links

Questions on course content, health and safety and facility questions? Please email Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.
Questions on registration procedures and pricing? Please email Ji Eun Kim at jikim@fas.harvard.edu

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Fall 2022 Course Listing - Registration is now closed.

Absolute Beginners for Harvard Students

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: September 17 - November 19 (10 classes | 11 weeks) waitlistedHands throwing on a potter's wheel.
Day/Time: Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Diane Lulek

Course Description: Harvard undergraduate and graduate students - ready to try your hand at the wheel? Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor will guide you through making a variety of forms to then decorate and glaze and will introduce you to the studio. A great way for Harvard students to take a break and explore your

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Architectural Ceramics: Slabs and Extruded Forms

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 31 – November 16 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesCeramic sculpture by Tom Hubbard.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginner – Advanced
Instructor: Tom Hubbard

Description: Construct – Build – Fabricate – Create. This course will focus on ceramic hand building techniques to construct sculptural and functional forms using both the slab roller and the extruder. Geometric and organic forms will be explored through rigid and soft slab construction methods.

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Basics and Challenges with Katie Bosley Sabin

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: September 1 - November 17 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesBasics and Challenges
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Katie Bosley Sabin

Course Description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.

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Basics and Challenges with Nicole McLaughlin

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: September 2 - November 18 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesBasics and Challenges
Day/Time: Fridays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Nicole McLaughlin

Course Description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.

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Basics and Challenges with Stephanie Young

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 30 - November 15 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesBasics and Challenges
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Stephanie Young

Course Description: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.

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Basics and Challenges with Steve Murphy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 29 -November 21* (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesBasics and Challenges
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor:
Steve Murphy

Course Description: Basics and Challenges will cover many ways of making beautiful pots. From slab building plates and platters, pinching small bowls, hand building  small animals to throwing bowls on the wheel we cover it all. Class will start at 6:30 with a 30-minute lesson starting at 7. Small sketchbooks are required to take notes and record your glazing work.... Read more about Basics and Challenges with Steve Murphy

By Hand

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: September 1 - November 17 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user types
Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Artwork by Audrey An, detail of hand holding gem-like object.
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Audrey An

Course Description: Join 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence, Audrey An, in developing your hand-building skills and confidence in clay. The class will explore the fluidity and tactility of hand-building through techniques such as pinching, coiling, and slab-building. Students will first design and create bisque molds to create a library of forms to choose from. Next, using that library of forms as a point of departure, students will expand what they

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Circle, Square, Oval

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 30 – November 15 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for Adult CommunityMug by Paul Wisotzky.
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am-1:00pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Paul Wisotzky

Course Description: This class will focus on creating circular, square and oval pots that start on the wheel. It will include altering, adding hand-built elements, subtracting material, and attention to surface both in the wet and leather hard stages. We’ll explore a variety of utilitarian pottery including cups and mugs, serving dishes and lidded vessels to name a few. We’ll

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Combined Methods

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 31 - November 16 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesTumblers, beige and blue by Maureen Mills
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Maureen Mills

Course Description: Join full-time studio potter Maureen Mills for a course designed for students moving forward in their interest of the ceramic medium, combining wheel thrown and altered forms, with a focus on integrating new surface techniques with slips and glaze. This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments. Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process-based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, slip and glazing techniques.

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Explore Soda

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Bowl by Denny McLaughlinDates: September 2 – November 18 (12 classes/14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user types
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin

Course Description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel-thrown forms by using soda slips and washes, as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed.... Read more about Explore Soda

Form and Function - The Way of the Slab

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 31 - November 16 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for Adult Communityslab mug with swirl impressed pattern by Joanna Mark
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Joanna Mark and Diane Lulek 

Course Description: This class will demonstrate a combination of slab, surface decoration, and an exploration of form. Techniques will focus on both hard and soft slab construction to create mugs, planters, plates and trays, boxes, sculpture and more. Surface techniques will include the use of slips, carving, inlay, sgraffito, handmade stamps, and found objects. Glazing techniques and decoration will be discussed. Basic clay knowledge is recommended.

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Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 29 – November 28 (12 classes | 14 weeks)Test tiles for ceramic glazes.
Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Instructor: Matthew Katz 
Level: Beginning – Advanced

Course Description: This class will cover technical information about Glaze and Clay formation led by instructor Matthew Katz and facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Along with technical information, students will learn how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a

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Independent Studio - Electric Kiln Certified Only

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 29 – December 3 (14 weeks)People glazing in the glaze room.
Days/Time: N/A
Level: Advanced
Supervisors: Kathy King Director and Geoff Booras, Operations Coordinator

Course Description: Studio access for self-directed work. Independent Studio is open to those who have previously enrolled in a class at the Ceramics Program, are certified to fire the electric kilns, and can process their own work. Includes studio access and other opportunities.... Read more about Independent Studio - Electric Kiln Certified Only

Molds and Multiples

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 30 – November 15 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user types
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pmMold by Geoff Booras.
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Audrey An

Course Description: Join 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence, Audrey An in expanding your knowledge in basic plaster mold-making for press-molding and slip-casting. Mold-making is an efficient method to quickly replicate forms with exactitude, whether it be a set of mugs or an object that comes together to form a compelling sculpture or installation. Throughout the course, students will learn how to make 1, 2, and 3-part molds from hand-

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Sculpting Animals

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: September 1 – November 17 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for Adult Communitysculpture of a human riding a bull by Claudia Olds Goldie
Day/Time: Thursdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate – Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Description: Go beyond the basics of animal anatomy to create animal sculpture with the character, posture, movement, and spirit of each animal. Students will learn techniques to build hollow, stable, proportionate forms.... Read more about Sculpting Animals

Sculpting Clay - Emphasizing Texture and Color

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 30 – November 15 (12 classes/14 weeks) - waitlisted for Adult CommunitySculpture by Caroline Staller in the shape of a horse.
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Level: Beginner – Advanced

Instructor: Caroline Staller

 

Course Description: Clay is an excellent tool for achieving sculptural form, but at times its innate qualities of texture and color can be overshadowed by process. In this course we will be diving into the characteristics of texture and color in clay to enhance sculptural form. The course will be focused on

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Surface Exploration

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 31 - November 16 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for Adult CommunityFlower Vase by Katie Bosley Sabin.
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor:  Katie Bosley Sabin

Course Description: Join Mudflat Studio’s 2021-22 Artist in Residence, Katie Bosley Sabin in a deep dive of surface exploration. Discover new ways to liven up your handbuilt or thrown ceramic vessels and consider elements of design as you decorate a wide range of functional objects. Expand your technical skillset as you learn how to apply slip in new ways, experiment with resist methods, and carve and pierce clay.... Read more about Surface Exploration

Wheel Intensive

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 29 - November 21 (12 classes | 14 weeks) - waitlisted for all user typesSteve Wheel Intensive
Day/Time: Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy
 
Course Description: Focusing on the wheel, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement, trimming for perfect feet, and surface texture and color. Starting with footed bowls we will use old school measuring tools to make multiples with a strong focus on a perfectly curved inner surface. We will cover large vessels, covered vessels and the tradition of Korean

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Online Courses

Form and Function - Online

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 31 – November 16 (12 classes)a hand holding up a pot, with basic geometric outlines drawn on top of the photo
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00pm via Zoom
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: Join Ruth Easterbrook on Wednesday evenings for this 12-week online class where we will combine breaking down form into its basic building blocks and exploring complex vessels and their functional properties.... Read more about Form and Function - Online

Experimental Photography on Clay - Online

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Dates: August 31 – November 16 (12 classes)cyanotype with nickel oxide
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm via Zoom
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course Description: Are you someone who enjoys combining art and science? If so, this course may be for you. Photography on clay is still an area of discovery, and in previous sessions we barely scratched the surface of understanding the physical and chemical web and the fascinating intersections of organic and inorganic crossover of these two mediums. This class builds on what we have learned so far and establishes new ground in real time. While it is not essential

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